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  • Little red caboose behind the — truck?

    You weren’t crazy if you thought you saw a caboose rolling down Kentucky Street in Kingston Thursday afternoon.

    It wasn’t on rails, but the railroad caboose formerly owned by Ray Milmann in Sugar Grove Valley made its way to a new home, Uncle Gus’s Mountain Pit Bar-B-Que in Ten Mile.

    “We bought it about three weeks ago at an estate sale,” said Roxanna Fuller, owner of Uncle Gus’s Mountain Pit Bar-B-Que.

  • Harriman may relax cold medicine laws

    Harriman officials are considering rolling back a 2013 ordinance that prohibited the purchase of pseudoephedrine without a prescription in the city limits.

    Mayor Chris Mason, a longtime proponent of the law that was an attempt to curb methamphetamine labs, now is interested in seeing the city look at dropping it.

    “There has been a drop in what we call home meth labs that use pseudo products,” he said.

  • Oliver Springs hit by late tax fallout

    Oliver Springs had a Wednesday morning visitor who sets the nerves of many government officials on edge.

    A representative of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury was at Town Hall to look into what appears to be the borrowing of state street aid funds to pay the town’s bills.

    It was a decision officials said was made while property tax revenues are low — and with the intention of paying it back.

    “We had borrowed money. We have not misappropriated anything,” said Ramona Walker, Oliver Springs finance director.

  • Cities deal with property tax holdup

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    Roane County Commission recently approved a resolution to borrow $1 million between county funds — and it appears Rockwood City Council will be following suit.

    On Monday, the Council will discuss a resolution to use $136,000 in the capital projects fund to pay the city’s bills.

    Both actions can be traced back to low property tax revenues caused by delayed tax notices.



    GOOSE LINDSAY/Roane Newspapers
    What’s a little thing like a downpour when the state title is three wins away? It’s not even an inconvenience to Harriman’s Blue Devils. Head coach Travis Tapp talks with Blue Devil quarterback Joe Pace at a rainy practice on Wednesday. The Blue Devils play at Greenback in Loudon County at 7 p.m. today, Friday, in the TSSAA Class 1A quarterfinals. See more about Friday’s game in sports on page 11A.

  • STILL CLOSED: Landmark into 2nd year of repair work

    Harriman’s historic Temperance Building remains closed to the public despite a number of projects to stabilize it.

    “We did some structural repairs on the building, but there are more that need to be made,” said Harriman Manager Kevin Helms.

    The building was flooded at one point, and some areas still do not have carpet or tile.

    The heat and air unit is not operable, and the plumbing lines were drained so they would not freeze, Helms said.

    The last grant wrapped up some structural projects in the basement of the building.

  • Leon Houston guilty of death threat

    Knoxville attorney Mike Whalen was able to win Leon Houston a second federal trial on a charge of making a threat via interstate commerce. Whalen failed to win Houston an acquittal in the retrial, however.

    On Wednesday, a jury of seven men and five women found Houston guilty of the charge after less than 30 minutes of deliberations.

    U.S. District Court Judge Pamela Reeves set sentencing for Dec. 21, and remanded Houston back into the custody of U.S. Marshals.

  • Waterfront work in Kingston
  • Houston found guilty in federal retrial

    A federal jury didn't take much time Wednesday afternoon to find Leon Houston guilty of threatening to kill the attorney who won him an acquittal on two murder charges.

    The jury left the courtroom for deliberations at 1:09 p.m. Less than 30 minutes later, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings was informed that they had reached a verdict. The jury of seven men and five women walked back into the courtroom at 1:58 p.m. to announce the guilty verdict. 

  • Escapee may have taken county truck

    The inmate who escaped a work crew at the Roane County Courthouse on Thursday evening was still on the loose as of late Tuesday morning.

    Authorities now suspect Adam Dewayne Phillips, who was in custody on charges include severely beating a Kingston man during a robbery, made his escape in a county-owned truck that was parked at the courthouse.

    “We are still investigating every lead that comes in and have a few places we are keeping an eye on,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.